Why Europe won't learn the lesson of Charlie Hebdo
Melanie Phillips (writing before Friday's attack on the Kosher supermarket in Paris) explains why last week's Charlie Hebdo attack will not awaken the West
The fact is that Islamic terrorism and intimidation against the West
have been going on for decades, matched by displays of Western weakness
which merely encourage an enemy it refuses properly to identify.
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and over again, the West denies that these attacks have anything to do
with Islam. First it blamed poverty and exclusion among Muslims. Then
it blamed grievances around the world – Bosnia, Chechnya, Kashmir,
Then it blamed isolated madmen whose Muslim identity was irrelevant.
France before Christmas, attacks in which cars were used as battering
rams against crowds amid shouts of “Allahu akbar” were said by French
authorities to be unconnected with each other.
violence in France has clearly been out of control for years. Just look
at the repeated Islamic pogroms against French Jews, which have driven
thousands of them to emigrate. Yet none of those attacks provoked the
kind of outrage that followed this week’s atrocity. Is free speech more
important than the lives of French Jews? But the West refuses to join
up the dots. The Charlie Hebdo attackers shouted “Allahu akbar” and “We
are avenging the Prophet Muhammad.”
Yet Obama, Cameron, and
Hollande condemned the attack as merely “terrorism,” carefully omitting
to say what kind of terrorism this was.
This follows their
absurd statements that the Islamic State terrorist group has “nothing
to do with Islam” and that “no religion” condones that kind of
Really? What links Islamic State, al-Qaida, Hamas,
and Boko Haram? It’s a religion beginning with the letter I and ending
A very senior British civil servant once told me that
Islamist terrorism couldn’t be about Islam, because that would
“demonize” all Muslims. This absurd non-sequitur was like saying the
Inquisition had nothing to do with Catholicism, in order not to
For sure, many Muslims are not only opposed
to Islamist terrorism but are its principal victims. But to pretend
that it is not rooted in a legitimate interpretation of the religion,
backed up by the historical evidence of centuries of aggressive and
violent Islamic conquest, is ridiculous.
If the West cannot even bring itself to acknowledge what it is up against, then it will surely be defeated by it.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Caliphate, David Cameron, France, Francois Hollande, Islam, Islamic terrorism, political correctness